Pierre Rescue Squad Pulls Dog From Missouri River

(KCCR) — The Pierre Fire Department Rescue Squad was put into action Monday to rescue a dog that had gone into the icy Missouri River. Rescue Squad Captain Brandon McCarthy says crews were called out the area of Neltom Drive in Pierre around three pm after a resident’s pet dog had dropped into open water on the river after chasing after an injured goose. Due to ice conditions the dog was unable to get back to shore on its own. A Rescue Squad member, dressed in winter water rescue gear may their out to retrieve the dog which was about 50 yards off shore. The dog was returned to its owners after being in the water around 15 minutes. The dog was in good health. McCarthy says the pet owners did the right thing by calling for help instead of trying to rescue the dog on their own. He says ice on the river can be unpredictable and the Pierre Fire Rescue Squad trains for these types of winter water rescue events. The Pierre Police Department assisted with the operation.